Originally Posted by SparklingWater
You know what might be amazing for you Truant, an at home customer service job. Only via phone and computer. It's hard to find a good legit one, but they are definitely out there. Usually large, well known companies need reps. Like American Express is always hiring remote customer service agents and with your experience in retail and sales you may be a shoo in. I've heard the pay is pretty good, plus bonuses, all from the comfort of your own home.
And I wonder if your therapist can set you up with a career counselor. Sometimes others may see options or have connections that we have no idea even exist. Good luck to you!
Edit- idk why that post reads so perky. I'm in hr 12 of a 16 hr shift. I think I've become delirious. Pray for me. Any deity will do. Dealer's choice.
Being perky is okay.
I hope you survived your shift. That's a really long time to be working! I prayed to Cthulhu. Hope it helped.
I appreciate the suggestion (really!) but I'm actually really bad at sales. Partly because I hate it. I was good at the operational stuff, and managing staff, and resolving customer disputes, but I can't sell stuff to save my life. I just don't have the heart to talk people into buying stuff they don't want or need.
And I'm the opposite of aggressive, which you have to be if you want to get sales. I don't think any company would keep me for long even if I did manage to get a job. The numbers just wouldn't be there. (I was in sales for 13 years and I don't think I ever hit my quota.)
Plus, using a phone is difficult for me. I have some serious issues with my 'presentation' (my appearance and the sound of my voice). I never take pictures. I can't even look at myself in a mirror. Voice chat and videoconferencing are right out. (Presentation issues -- which I think is mostly gender dysphoria -- are what actually finally drove me to therapy.)
I realize all of this sounds completely crazy, btw. Are there any jobs where all I have to do is just text people without trying to sell them anything? Cause I could do that. I'll pretend to be anyone's friend for $20 an hour.
You seem to deeply hate retail jobs? What was the trigger? I also dislike doing that. And I noticed that people are becoming more rude over the time. They distrust you. Ask you questions but are not pleased by the answer etc.
Society is sick
That people are rude and suspicious is annoying but it doesn't bother me that much. I was actually pretty good at resolving customer disputes. I never really took it personally.
Aside from the stuff I wrote above about being bad at sales, IRL people often trigger my OCD (intrusive thoughts of violence). My OCD is pretty distressing and can lead to panic attacks and nausea. Working a sales floor is especially hard on me because if I'm startled I'm liable to have an episode. Some days it's like putting an arachnophobe in an aquarium filled with tarantulas. I'm better behind a counter because people can't come up behind me.
Would you be interested in a work from home job teaching Chinese children English?
I recently found out about this company Qkids because I was interested in getting experience so that I can apply for the JET program, and apparently there's others like it such as Dada ABC and VIPkid as well. People seem to really like it, although the classes can start pretty early due to the timezone (4:30 - 7:00 CST for Qkids).
I can't speak from personal experience on any of them yet, because I'm still doing ESL volunteering on the side to get some experience for them before I can apply, but their reviews seem pretty positive.
Um, well, I only have a hs education and about grade 4 grammar?* You need some kind of qualification for that, don't you? And I have some pretty serious issues with video (see above). Thanks for the suggestion!
* I'm no better at remembering grammar rules than I am at remembering math rules.
Posts like this remind me why I should really just go ahead and kill myself. I mean, there's a reason my life is a mess. I don't blame anyone for thinking I'm just making excuses or whatever. It sounds like that to me, too.